Sunday, August 28, 2016
Carrie, as is her custom, came to visit for a few days over her birthday. The pictured delicacy is the birthday cheesecake I made in honor of the occasion. The other picture is of Great Wass Island, which is off the coast of Jonesport and Beal's Island. When the kids were little, we used to spend time in the rented cabin in the center of the grouping. Artist friends rented the other cabins, and we spent our time painting and socializing. Somewhere I have a picture of Jesse, about age seven, flying a kite with Richard Meredith, the husband if one of the other painters, on the lawn. Carrie and I hoped we would be able to find the place, and when we did no one was there. We got out of the car and walked around where we had walked 35 years ago. It hadn't changed much from the day when John Beal, owner of the cabins, took us for a ride in his boat. When we were out away from the shore, he cut the engine and we floated silently. Pretty soon first one seal and then more and more started poking their heads up out of the water to look at us. We must have stayed there for over a half hour, the seals surrounding us, as interested in us as we were them.
On the same drive we stopped at Rogue Bluff, which is a state park near Machias that I have never visited before. What a treat it was. I had no idea that there was a real sand beach anywhere near here. The coast is usually rocky cliffs, but this place looked like it belonged in a far more temperate place. We were able to take off our shoes and wade in the water. There were some people actually swimming. The ocean water of Maine is usually hovering in the mid thirties. I guess this was warmer because it is unusually shallow. Normally if you step off a rock here you are already over your head.
It was a very nice visit. It's hard to imagine that I have a daughter who is 44 years old, and she is still as delightful as she was as a little girl.